11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Buffalo, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In September, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Buffalo - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in October, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between 37°F and 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, then let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

Plan my day in Rovaniemi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 30°F at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."